The Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club Seniors Inter-Club Challenge Trophy Competition was held at Minehead on Monday 30th October. A total of 9 teams participated representing :- Minehead, 2 from Cricket St. Thomas, Enmore Park, Long Sutton, Oake Manor, Taunton & Pickeridge, Tiverton and Vivary. There were 8 players per team playing as pairs in 4 ball, better ball Stableford scoring groups, with all 4 pairs’ scores to count. The weather was dry, sunny with little wind, the course was dry and the greens were running well. This provided excellent golfing conditions and beckoned some good scores. A Shotgun start ensured that all groups completed their rounds at about the same time to enjoy the post - match meal.
The Long Sutton Team included:- Rich Bartin & Peter Hill ; Bill Campbell & Martin Hawkins; John Parkinson & Bill Bond; Alec Lyon & Steve Uzzell. Rich and Peter, Bill and Martin each came in with 43 points while John and Bill, Alec and Steve each came in with 41 points thus yielding a very creditable team score of 168 points. Was it too much to hope for a team win with this score? We waited with anticipation as the results were declared at the end of the meal and after our bets were placed in our table’s sweepstake! It turned out that 168 points was indeed sufficient for a win but sadly, Tiverton also had this score and hence “ stole “ the Trophy on countback. We consoled ourselves with the knowledge that we were actually “ joint winners “ !! We each received a bottle of wine and Tesco voucher as our second prize!
My heartfelt thanks to all the Long Sutton Team who put up such a strong showing and who accepted the result with such dignity. Perhaps next year?!!